Alex Iwobi, Kevin De Bruyne, Pedri, Lionel Messi, Hakan Calhanoglu: Top 10 Playmakers in World Football

Alex Iwobi, Kevin De Bruyne, Pedri, Lionel Messi, Hakan Calhanoglu: Top 10 Playmakers in World Football

Edwin Kiplagat
October 16, 2022 at 7:08 AM
  • Alex Iwobi, Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne have made the list of the best playmakers in world football at the moment
  • With the number 10 position slowly fading away in modern football, these players have kept it alive, for now, at least
  • Kevin De Bruyne is probably the best playmaker at the moment, with 11 assists in 13 matches for Manchester City

FourFourTwo has released its list of the top 10 playmakers in world football, and although there are obvious names on the list, others have raised eyebrows among football fans worldwide.

Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi is the first name that jumps out. Although the Nigerian has been a solid acquisition for the Toffees, his performances suggest he is slowly regaining his mojo.

Enzo Le Fee, Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi, Pedri, Alex Iwobi, Christian Eriksen, Martin Odegaard, Jamal Musiala, Hakan Calhanoglu, Orkun Kokcu, Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1 Bundesliga, Serie A
Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne have 19 assists between them this season. Photos by Marcio Machado, James Gill - Danehouse and Jose Manuel Alvarez.
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The number 10 position has slowly disappeared in modern football. The likes of Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne and Cristian Eriksen are the last of a dying breed.

Managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp deploy a 4-3-3 formation meaning wide forwards are their main creators. The midfield now contains number 8s who can play deep and farther forward. Sports Brief looks at the best playmakers in football, according to FourFourTwo.

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10. Enzo Le Fee

The Frenchman is virtually unknown in world football, but the 22-year-old Lorient midfielder is attracting interest from top clubs. He has helped his side to second in Ligue 1, level on points with PSG.

9. Orkun Kokcu

The Feyenoord star played a vital role in his side's incredible run to the UEFA Europa Conference League final. Still only 21, the Turkish youngster has already shown supreme leadership qualities.

8. Hakan Calhanoglu

Another Turkish playmaker makes the list. He's played for both Milan sides and also lit up the Bundesliga. Calhanoglu is definitely a household name in playmaking.

Alex Iwobi, Premier League, Everton, Nigeria, Super Eagles
Alex Iwobi is one of Everton's most important players this season. Photo by Simon Stacpoole.
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7. Alex Iwobi

Iwobi is a curious inclusion. The Nigerian international has failed to impress since moving to Everton from Arsenal. However, Frank Lampard seems to have rejuvenated him, and he's becoming more and more productive.

6. Jamal Musiala

The young Bayern Munich star has already embarrassed Harry Maguire. The German has incredible football IQ, dribbling ability and phenomenal awareness and is now an important part of Bayern.

5. Pedri

The Spanish and Barcelona youngster isn't 20 yet but is already a key player for the national team and the club. Plus, he wears Andres Iniesta's number 8 shirt.

4. Christian Eriksen

Eriksen has been one of the best creators in world football. His near-death experience in Euro 2020 forced him to take a break, but he has cemented his credentials with Manchester United.

Enzo Le Fee, Ligue 1, Lorient, PSG
Enzo Le Fee has played a crucial role in Lorient's spectacular start in Ligue 1, sitting second level on points with leaders PSG. Photo by Marcio Machado.
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3. Martin Odegaard

Arsenal are top of the Premier League because of Odegaard's contribution. His three assists and one goal cannot even represent what the Norwegian means for the Gunners

2. Lionel Messi

We've run out of adjectives to describe Messi. He will go down as one of the best footballers of all time. His playmaking ability is one of the best ever.

1. Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne is the best playmaker in world football. The Belgian has 11 assists in 13 games for Manchester City this season, according to Transfermarkt.

Alex Iwobi in contract talks with Everton.

Sports Brief earlier reported on Everton manager Frank Lampard confirming that the club has initiated contract extension talks with Alex Iwobi.

Although Iwobi's current contract ends in 2024, the Toffees want to tie him down long-term.

The Super Eagles star is one of Everton's best players and has been important to the club's solid start to the season.

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